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COVID-19

VCOSS update for the Victorian community sector.

Welcome to the latest VCOSS COVID-19 Sector Bulletin, comprising high-level advice and resources from reputable sources, relevant to the Victorian community sector.

Suitable content will also be posted to the VCOSS COVID-19 page.

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Note: VCOSS does not provide health or legal advice. The best place to access up-to-date health advice remains dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

TOLL RISING
Victoria has recorded its first three deaths related to coronavirus.


TOUGHER RESTRICTIONS
Stage 2 measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus are now in effect across Victoria. You should stay at home and avoid all gatherings. This reduces the chances of transmission, protects the health system and saves lives. If you're unsure, then stay home. If you are with other people, you must observe the rule of one person for every for square metres. See all the restrictions.
 

Will there be further restrictions?

Yes.  Premier Andrews has clearly stated we will shift to Stage 3, at some point. 

SUB-SECTOR MEETINGS
COVID-19 and the Victorian disability sector
Friday March 27, 2020. 9:30am - 10:30am. VERY SOON.


This is a free seminar convened by National Disability Services (NDS) and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). It is being run via Zoom. Details and registration here.
 



ROYAL INTERVENTION
Australia's Disability Royal Commission is itself urging governments to ensure all responses to COVID-19 include dedicated strategies, and take all necessary measures, to protect and support people with disability. You can access the Commission's Statement of Concern here
 

VCOSS COMMENT ON EVICTIONS
Victorian is being urged to adopt measures allowing renters to stay in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nobody can self-isolate or social distance without a home. The health, social and economic consequences of Victorians— including people who have just lost their jobs—being evicted and driven into homelessness, or forced to look for a new rental property, would be extreme. No unreasonable evictions and quick, accessible and sufficient subsidies for rental payments must be key principles going forward.
 

WORK PLAN
There are a lot of people out of work, and a lot of critical services crying out for help. Where possible, the Victorian Government will match people who need work with jobs that need doing. VCOSS and Trades Hall are helping design 'Working for Victoria' scheme.

For now, organisations are encouraged to help raise awareness of the program by sharing details from Premier Andrews (Facebook) or VCOSS (Twitter | Facebook).

Individuals out of work can register their interest today.
 



NDIS ADVICE
The National Disability Insurance Agency has published information in an Easy Read format about their response to COVID-19. Information is also available in five different languages along with a regularly updated frequently asked questions and answers page. 

KEEPING CONNECTED
The Consumer Action Law Center is lobbying companies that deliver essential services to make sure people aren't disconnected during the Coronavirus health crisis (#KeepConnected). They're keeping an up-to-date list of companies' responses here.

WORK RIGHTS
Job Watch has released a Q&A on employment rights in relation to COVID-19. They includes answers to frequently asked questions like 'Can my employer direct me to work from home or change my hours because of the Coronavirus?' and 'Can my employer direct me to use my paid leave entitlements?' Read it here.

KID SUPPORT
Coronavirus is hard to explain to little ones. They can be confused, overwhelmed and anxious. Emerging Minds has created a curated selection of resources to assist parents and carers to have these conversations. 

SUPPORT GROUP
The team behind Our Community has started an online peer support group on Facebook for people working in Australian not-for-profits. You’re encouraged to ask questions of each other, share important information, and provide and receive guidance during this difficult time. Join here.
 


VCOSS WORK ARRANGEMENTS

Please be aware all VCOSS staff are working remotely at present. If you wish to contact a staff member directly you can find their email address here. For general inquiries please email vcoss@vcoss.org.au or call (03) 9235 1000.

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